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Champagne Shing A Ling - Highland Records

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Champagne Shing A Ling - Highland Records

Posted by chalky, 04 September 2008

site note -just moved from blogs to articles as part of site reorg

Highland Records

I first compiled the Highland label listing for the April 2004 issue of Shades Of Soul (31). Derek Pearson was a great help with text and info for the article. Also Arthur Wright and various other collectors.

West Coast Highland Records, owned by Sid Talmedge was based at 2580 West Pico Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90006. The label distributed by West Pico Merchandising and was a subsidiary of Malynn Enterprises.

By no means a soul based label but amongst its releases are some classic dance floor favourites, Larry Atkins, The Penetrations, Soul Patrol, Bobby Montgomery, Mike And The Censations and the daddy of them all Kell Osborne and his pounding Law Against A Heartbreaker.

We cannot be sure if all these records were released by the same company, for one the numbering system is all over the place although there are definite connections between some of the numbering systems, neither is it consecutive. There was definitely a series of re-issues certainly some distributed by Oldies Music of Hollywood. Others were exact replicas of earlier releases except the label colour, as in the case of Luckey Davis, both releases some 11 years apart.

Mike and The Censations are the only group/artist who can claim any longevity with the label releasing 5 discs, Al Casey with 3 and Rosie and the Originals with 2 are the only other acts who actually put out more than one record. The rest were one off releases for the label. As Arthur Wright said "Like many independents around that time the label found it more cost effective to lease masters on different artists and just deal with the producers of those masters. It gave rise to the term production deal which was great for independent producers who also dealt with a number of record companies". Rosie and the Originals massive number 5 hit "Angel Baby" probably single handedly financed the label throughout the early period in the labels history.

1001 Al Casey (Got The) Teenage Blues/ Adventures Of Frankenstein 10/59

1002 Al Casey (Got The) Teenage Blues/ Give'n Up 11/59

1003 Pat Mowry Come What May/ Shadows Of The Shrine 1958

1004 Al Casey The Stinger (instrumental)/ Night Beat (instrumental) 11/59

1010 Bobby Hughes Berlin Bounce Part 1/ Part 2 1960

1011 Rosie And The Originals Angel Baby/ Give Me Love 1960

1014 Ronnie And The Premiers Cha Cha/ Sharon 1961

1015 Sandra And The Highlanders What's Left/ Written In The Stars 1961

1016 Millie Patterson I Love An Angel/ Last Tears On Me

1018 Ray Marten Now That You're Gone/ Broken Heart 1961

1019 Billy Duke & The Dukes Pledging My Love/ Crazy Pete 1961

1020 Wil-Sones Let Me Help You/ Come On, Mama 1961

1024 Johnny Manjelli Five Foot Two/ Five Foot Two (Eyes Of Blue) 1961

1025 Rosie And The Originals Angel From Above/ Why Did You Leave Me 1961

1026 Rumblers Intersection/ Stomping Time 1962

1030 Troy Cory Mighty Ocean/ Teeny Weeny Wiggle 1962

1031 Dee Jays Bongo Beach Party/ Mr. Bongo Man 1962

1032 Rosie And The Originals Lonely Blue Nights/ We'll Have A Chance 1962

1034 Carol Slade I Saw You/ I Wanna Know Right Now 1962

1035 Grunion Hunters Four Eyed, Tongue Tied, Swimmin'/ Surfer Swimmin'Surfer Biter 1963

1050 Don And Dewey Don't Ever Leave Me/ Heart Attack 1964

1051 Little Winfrey Slauson USA/ Charlie's Blues 1963

1052 Larry Bright Should I/ Twinkle-Lee 1964

1100 Bobby Day Little Turtle Dove/ Saving My Life For You 1964

1150 Frankie Anthony You Were Mine/ The Wonders Of Love 1964

1151 Johnny Guitar Watson Wait A Minute Baby/ Oh So Fine

1152 Ray Agee Mr. Clean/ Keep Smiling 1964

1160 Sonny I'll Change/ Try It Out On Me 1965

1161 Ed Lee Country Boy Part 1/ Part 2 1966

1166 Tommy Cooper No Arms Can Ever Hold You/ Sweet Words Of Love 1966

1167 The Huntingtons Is There A Way/ You Lose, I Win 1966

1168 Willie Riley Groovin' With Willie (instrumental)/ Shoehole (instrumental) 1966

1169 Angelenos (Down In) East LA/ Lori 1966

1170 The Runaways It Don't Mean A Thing/ Please Do 05/67

1171 Thee Counts Someday I'm Gonna Get You/ So Far Away 1966

1172 Chris May Hey Baby/ So Far Away 1966

1173 The In-Be-Tween (Early Slade!) Security/ Girl Child I'm An Evil Witchman 1966

1175 Mike And The Sensations Victim Of Circumstance Part 1/ Part 2 1966

1177 The Two Shades of Soul Thief Of Love/ A Little Bit Of Soul 1966

1179 Doug Brooks What Do You Do/ Boys Will Be Boys 1967

1180 Chris May I'm Livin' Good/? 1967

1181 Mike And The Censations Don't Mess With Me/ There Is Nothing I Can Do About It 1967

1182 Kell Osbourne A Law Against A Heartbreaker/ Trouble, Trouble, Baby 1967

1183 Penetrations Sweet Sweet Baby/ Champagne (Shing-A-Ling) 1967

1184 Deddie Williams And The Unwritten Law Love Seems So Hard To Find/ Ask Me 11/67

1185 Insects Girl That Sits There/ Then You Came My Way 1967

1186 Mike & Censations I Need Your Lovin'/ Be Mine Forever 1967

1187 Kenny Nolan Save It For Me/ Ever See Somebody Needin' Lovin' 1967

1188 Alan Gary Good Lovin' Woman/ At The Love In 1968

1189 Mike & Censations Don't Sell Your Soul/ Baby What're You Gonna Do 1968

1190 Harry Hellings And The Radials Tale Of A Crystal Ship/ Wake Up Sweet Mary 11/67

1192 Ray Agee Mister Clean/ Keep Smiling 1968

1193 Larry Atkins Ain't That Love Enough/ Lighten Up 1968

1194 The Hinge I'll Pretend/ Now Let Me Love You 1968

1195 Little Incidents The Thing/ Walk On 1968

1196 King Soloman The Natural Look/ No Woman's No Stranger 1969

1197 Bobby Denton That's The Way I Want It To Be/ Nothing Can Take The Place Of Your Love 1969

1198 Genuine Family Parts Cherry/ Fall On Me Rain 1969

1199 Griz Green Ginger Ale And AppleJack/ Grandpa's Searsucker Suit 1969

1201 Luckey Davis (original yellow label) It's Not Where You Start/ Instrumental 1969

1201 Jim Gamble When You Move You Lose 1969

1201 Luckey Davis (re-issue orange label) It's Not Where You Start/ Instrumental 1980

1202 King Solomon The Miracle Worker/ The Moon Walk 1969

1202 Frank Lucas You Got Me High Part 1/ You Got Me High Part 2 1980

1203 Mike And The Censations Baby,What're Gonna Do/ I Need Your Lonin 1969

1203 ? I'll Always Be In Love With You/ I Feel Good Feeling Good 1980

1204 The Bounders Mia / They Call The Wind, Mariah 1970

1205 Four Sale (aka 4 Sale) Baby, Please Don't Tease/ Try To Remember

1206 Joe & The Fantastics Chicken Chicken/ Darlin' Darlin' 1970

1208 Explosions Animated Heart/ Face To Face 1970

1301 Frank Lucas Your Love Got Me High Part 1/ Your Love Got Me High Part 2

1401 Frank Lucas Your Love Got Me High Part/ Ding Dong

2000 Ernie Fields In The Mood/ Christopher Columbus

2001 B. Bumble & Stingers Bumble Boogie/ School Day Blues 1961

2002 The Wiz Kids Sweet Honey/ Big Teaser

2004 Bobby Day Rockin' Robin/ So Long Baby

2006 Oscar McLolugh and Jeanette Baker Hey Girl Hey Boy/ Let Me Know Let Me Know 1976

2505 Virtues Bye, Bye Blues/ Happy Guitar 1960

300 Precisions Eight Reasons Why (I Love You)/ Mama Told me 1962

4000 War Babies Jeanie's Pub/ Love Is Love 1969

44 Sherwood Fleming Good Woman/ Holdin' On

77 Soul Patrol Need Of Love/ Save Your Love

78 Bobby Montgomery Make Me Yours/ Seek And You Shall Find

CW-10 Possum Chula Vista/ The Cockroach That Ate Cincinnati

MX-09 Rose & The Arrangement My House Up The Tree/ Sunshine Through My Window Pane

Mike And The Censations

(taken from the liner notes to the 1996 released Luv N Haight label re-issue of Michael Kirklands "Hang on in there" album from the late 70's.)

Mike Kirkland's recording debut came about because of a bet. At an LA party, where his friends were singing the praises of Berry Gordy and Motown, Kirkland's brother Robert offered a wager. He said he and his brother Mike could cut a record every bit as good as a Motown disc. This was August and Robert guaranteed he would have the disc out by Christmas. Mike was initially sceptical, but nevertheless they had formed a group (Mike and the Censations), hired a band from Grants Music Centre (The Roger Spots Orchestra) and by Christmas 1965 had recorded and cut a single, "Victim Of Circumstance", which they initially released on their own Bryan label. That single, which gained radio play and entered the R&B top 50, aroused the interest of several major labels although the band was unwilling to sign away their song fro the measly amounts that were being offered. A second 45 "There's Nothing I Can Do About It" scored even bigger and Mike and The Censations sined a short lived deal with MCA.*

"We Didn't realise that we were going to have to do all the work ourselves, unless you were Neil Diamond they wouldn't even answer the phone".

Derek Pearson - * the short lived deal with MCA he talks about was the couple of records released on Revue in 1969. Mike later made his money under the name Bo Kirkland whose duets with Ruth Davis made the American charts between 1975 and 1978. Their "You're Gonna Get Next To Me" was a big hit on the UK charts during 1977.

In Ruben Molina's "Low Rider Music 1950-75 book, it states that Kirkland's group at the time of the Highland recordings comprised of Michael Kirkland, Robert Kirkland, their sister, her husband Armand Postell and Michael Trotter. Victim of Circumstance was recorded at Madelon Baker's Audio Arts Studio. Origianlly released on their own Bryan label, it was re-issued on Sid Talmadge's Highland Records.

Pete Smith suggests how the In-Betweens (1173) who later became well known UK chart toppers Slade, signed up to this West Coast label...."Nobody has ever said how this came about, However, their manager at the time was Kim Fowley and he was a well known LA eccentric producer/songwriter. I would guess he got the single released on Highland as he was their one and only American contact they had, he also produced the record".

Bill Spoon's Highland release, 1000 "Love Is On The Way/Don't Play With My Love" is unconnected to the Highland we are discussing. It is from Cleveland, Ohio and later re-released on Hense Forth. More about Bill Spoon and the Soul Notes can be read at John Smith's excellent website www.soulcitylimits.com in the soulin section.

The rarest disc on the label is Kell Osborne's Law Against A Heartbreaker. Just two demonstration/dj copies are known to exist, not even Kell has a copy. It took me some months but I finally tracked Kell down and having not heard the record since it was recorded I played it down the phone to him and his reaction was to say, "WOW". He was gob smacked. A recording was duly sent to him along with most of his releases (Kell's story will be in the next issue of Shades of Soul). Covered up at Stafford as Jimmy Gresham the record simply pounds along, gaining momentum as it nears the end. It also shares the same backing as Kell's Loma release "You Can't Outsmart A Woman".

Thanks to Tim Brown for the above scan. The 45 is actually vinyl, many Highland 45's styrene.

Larry Atkins is another release that has given many hours of dancing pleasure to soulies on the UK's Northern Soul scene, in fact it's one of the best double siders released. Ain't That Love Enough and Lighten Up have graced the turntables for many years at venues all over the UK and dare I say the world now, and continue to do so to this day. Also released on Romark (Lighten Up was titled Have Mercy On Me) and it was also covered by Ty Karim. The Penetrations is another that has gained some turntable action and also commanded a three figure sum.

Highland picked up quite a few local Southern California small label records, to provide them with better distribution. The 2000 series was for releases of "oldies" hits, gathered from the rights to Class Records, Rendezvous Records, and other small '50s L.A. labels.

Larry Atkin Highland scans courtesy of Simon T

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Great read, still can't believe turning Kell Osbourne down in favour of Bari Track, ah well live and learn.

Can I ask, is there anywhere we can hear the 1969 version of "It's Not Where You Start It's Where You Finish"? because I don't know as I've ever heard it? Surely the orange label copies we all know and love must be some sort of remake, remix, whatever you call it of the '69 version, because the orange label one has a later 70's or early 80's disco sound that makes me think it couldn't have been made like that in the 60's, even '69 music didn't sound like that, did it ? Maybe it's the looped handclap sound and the background vocal chant (that reminds me of "Walking In Rhythm" Blackbyrds- a 1978 release I'm guessing?) that makes me think of D-I-S-C-O not late 60's sound/crossover.

If they are identical sounding these two different label colours, should we question the '69 dating, especially as the numbering system seems to be all over the place? (Sorry I know it's been covered before, but when did those huge multi-track studios become affordable to independant producers/artists ?)

btw I love it when these older articles are dug up and made available for source users. I've only got a few old fanzines left these days, but remember fondly some brilliant pieces written in them. Any more 'from the vaults' articles in the pipeline?

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Thanks guys. The '69 is a top John, '79 I think it should be off top of my head. I thought I'd changed it everywhere but obviously not. As far as I can remember the yellow and orange are the same mix aren't they? And on that subject whilst talking to Luckey Davis he said to me yellow came before the orange copies. Luckey Davis is also Mr Luckey (I Was Born To Love You) for those that don't know.

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btw I love it when these older articles are dug up and made available for source users. I've only got a few old fanzines left these days, but remember fondly some brilliant pieces written in them. Any more 'from the vaults' articles in the pipeline?

John, just spent the last few weeks moving across all the "old" blog entries to the articles feature

all unapproved for now but shortly they should start showing in article system , giving both easier highlighting and navigation to all past articles

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Thanks Chalky, only ever owned an orange one, will make it my life's mission to find a mate with a yellow one so i can play the two side by side to check ;-) ( unless somebody can furnish run out details which may prove they were struck from the same master maybe, which would be a nice easy way) Top article mate.

Thanks Mike, look forward to some good reading. My memory more than needs refreshing these days !

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Thanks guys. The '69 is a top John, '79 I think it should be off top of my head. I thought I'd changed it everywhere but obviously not. As far as I can remember the yellow and orange are the same mix aren't they? And on that subject whilst talking to Luckey Davis he said to me yellow came before the orange copies. Luckey Davis is also Mr Luckey (I Was Born To Love You) for those that don't know.

Luckey Davis is also Luckey Jamal Davis of "love is better"/"vacate" fame. And yes, it's 1979 and not 1969. I seem to remember we had that discussion when article was published first, hadn't we?

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Luckey Davis is also Luckey Jamal Davis of "love is better"/"vacate" fame. And yes, it's 1979 and not 1969. I seem to remember we had that discussion when article was published first, hadn't we?

Not on here Benji but elsewhere, it was altered on my site when pointed out and in other places but obviously not here. Luckey still recording and performing.

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